Formula Introduces Linea Wheelsets

Aug 29, 2016
by Vernon Felton  
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Formula recently announced the debut of three new wheel sets. The new wheel line has been three years in the making and is dubbed Linea. There's a Linea model for the trail/all-mountain set that comes in both 27.5 and 29-inch variants, a burlier enduro-racing model that also comes in both wheel sizes and, finally, a third model aimed at 27-plus adopters. All three wheels sport lightweight aluminum rims and roll on new Formula 4-pawl (60 engagement point) hubs (both Boost and standard), which the company claims are extremely smooth, reliable and low-maintenance. In fact, the press release actually states that the hubs are "no maintenance", but we're going to chalk that one up to exuberant copywriting. Hyperbole aside, the Linea wheels look promising.

Formula Linea

Formula Linea

WPD - Wide Position Design

Formula widened the distance between the hub bearings. The wider stance is said to improve stability, and reduce axle flex and resulting hub-bearing wear and tear.

Formula Linea

EMS - Easy Maintenance System

Formula also claims that the new hub architecture makes for less headaches when it does come time to dive into the thing's guts and swap out the cartridge bearings. What exactly is going on here with the "Easy Maintenance System"? Details are scant at this point, though I imagine we'll get a closer peek at Eurobike and Interbike.

Formula Linea

FCT - Full Contact Technology

Formula also claims that their design more fully encloses the bearings and that "All of the internal parts of the hub are in direct contact with the bearings". Again, we'll need to actually poke and prod the hubs to suss out (1) how the bearing position within the hub shell is different from that of bearings in any other hub, and (2) to understand how that difference actually aids in reducing lateral movements and contamination from dirt and water.

Formula Linea

Formula Linea


The Linea 2 is aimed at a broad swath of riders, from cross country/marathon to trail/all mountain. The Linea 2's reportedly weigh in at 1.356 grams (27.5) and 1,518 grams (29), and sport a hookless rim with a width of 27 millimeters. The Linea 2 is available with both Boost or standard hubs and in either 29 or 27.5-inch rims.

Formula Linea


Enduro racing requires a lot from a wheelset, which need to be trailbike-light, yet downhill sturdy. The Linea 3 are said to meet those demands with an inner rim width of 30 millimeters. The Linea 3 is also available in both 27.5 and 29-inch trim and with either Boost or Non-Boost hubs. Weight is 1,636 grams (27.5) and 1,808 grams (29).

Formula Linea


The Linea 4 is Formula's new 27-plus wheelset. Accordingly, it has an inner rim width of 40 millimeters and a weight of 1,994 grams. The Linea 4's also possess the same core features as the other Linea models: a hookless, aluminum rim, wide-posiiion bearings, etc.

Formula Linea

Formula Linea

For more details head to Formula Website / @rideformula


  • 51 1
 Is it huck norris compatible?
  • 6 0
 Obviously not. There would've been an acronym for that.
  • 6 3
 @MTBrent: Agreed. It would've been called f*ck norris.
  • 29 0
 An aluminum, 27mm wide, 27.5 wheelset that weighs 1356g... What kind of black magic is this?
  • 20 0
 The kind of black magic that puts them priced above some carbon options
  • 14 2
 The kind of black magic that can make true rims untrue in about 2 seconds or one stone field!
  • 1 2
 ones that will probably collapse riding over a pebble lol
  • 17 1
 The Formula Linea Wheels key feature: about $1200.00 for a pair.

What you really wanted to know...
  • 13 3
 Think for that I would go with the tried and true (pun intended) Hope wheels with the pro 4 hubs that were on here last week. Half the price and I know they work
  • 12 5
 @duffong : @gunners1: I'd take a set of Stans Flow Mk3 over either of those.
  • 6 0
 Seriously, this article sans pricing?
  • 6 0
 @triptex: and I'd take a set of nox carbons over all of those..
  • 3 2
 @gunners1: i had the hope wheels and did not last too long. The rim alloy bends easy and it is narrow.
  • 1 0
 @triptex: for sure, the Flows are truly the standard other rims need to be compared to - the Neo hubs on the other hand....
  • 2 0
 @Grmasterd: Thats a shame to hear. I put 1500km into a set of Flow Ex on 3.30HD and they were amazing.
  • 3 0
 Wow, what a deal for an aluminum wheelset from brake manufacture that can't make reliable brakes. Let's see here, for $899, I could get a set of American Classic Wide Lightnings which weigh 100 grams less, have proven to be reliable, and are only letdown because their hubs are 24 poe with a slight lag. Or for $150 more than the Lineas, I could get a set of Nox or Nobl carbon wheels with my choice of DT Swiss 350 or Hope Pro 4 hubs.
  • 1 0
 @carym: AC WL hubs are crap...
  • 2 0
 I've learned i can't trust wheels this light
  • 11 1
 I dunno. Just three acronyms? How good can they be? WPD. EMS. FCT. Here's one back at ya: LMB.
  • 11 0
 lick my butt?
  • 3 0
 Lather my balls?
  • 5 0
 Love my belugas!
  • 4 1
 Lost my bong?
  • 2 0
 Light my bowl
  • 7 1
 Do not confuse the real Formula from the taiwanese formula which makes cheap hubs.
  • 3 1
 Well the top of the cheap hubs is pretty good... And these worry me because they only have two bearings.
  • 2 1
 @saso: I was thinking that, only one bearing in the hub shell is gonna put a lot of stress on the hub/freehub interface......
  • 5 2
 Roval traverse fatties, 27.5, 30mm ID, 1700g, $600, and they've stood up to two+ years of my 230lb butt riding them in pnw terrain. Sooooo why should I care about your stuff Formula?
  • 7 0
 These wheels make you faster because they use acronyms...
  • 2 1
 Because my roval traverse fatties couldn't stay round underneath my 170lb lardass?

They needed a true every other month and were so flexy they'd ping pong you aroud rock gardens.

They're ok for the money, but there's a lot better out there.
  • 1 0
 @UtahBikeMike: Get a coupe lemons? I know several people with same wheels and no problems. Definitely better wheels out there, but the cost/performance ratio skyrockets fast. I'd rather spend the $600 difference riding somewhere new or spending a weekend at Whistler!
  • 1 1

Not really lemons. I just think 20/24 hair thin spokes aren't enough for a 160mm bike.

The hubs aren't great either, people disnt believe me when i told them they were DT hubs with pawls. The engagement sucked.

They were a breeze to seat tires up tubeless with a pump. That's about the only nice thing i have to say about them other than they're cheap and light.
  • 6 1
 WUWTA. whats up with the acronyms.
  • 6 0
  • 1 0
 @Niko182: F*cked If I Know
  • 4 0
 Price? Or if I have to ask, they are too much.
  • 13 2
 1200 for set unfortunately. Move along folks.
  • 5 0
 @ibishreddin: you can find good deals on Formula. I got the Formula 35 fork for less than a Pike and I like it better.
  • 1 0
 Well maybe I am with my 26" wheels too old for all that crap))) Besides 2 bearing on the rear hub it could be good for professional riders on the race but for everyday use it seems to me to expensive in maintain...
  • 4 0
 How long until they release the metric verison?
  • 3 0
 2 bearing on the rear hub no way.... I'm sure there is a Black magic.
  • 1 0
 That is what I'm thinking. Unless they are on to something using what looks like a needle bearing for extra support.
  • 1 0
 So plus sized rims with regular tyres? More large internal width rims should be showing up soon. Now if only 26 plus becomes a thing.
  • 2 0
 Spank Rims & Hadley Hubs are all I need.
  • 1 0
 Hey guys, I think you forgot a bearing or two in those rear hubs, guess that's how you get the weight so low.
  • 1 0
 dope song but where is the hub sound! i need some hub sound in my life!!
  • 1 0
 what's the song?
  • 1 0
 Where are 26"?

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